interesting

adjective
in·​ter·​est·​ing | \ ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stiŋ How to pronounce interesting (audio) ; ˈin-tə-ˌre-, ˈin-ˌtre-; ˈin-tər- How to pronounce interesting (audio) \

Definition of interesting

: holding the attention : arousing interest

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Other Words from interesting

interestingness noun

The Pronunciation and History of Interesting

There are a number of ways to say interesting. It can have three syllables or four; it can have an accent only on the first syllable, or it can also have a secondary accent on the "res"; the first "e" can get ignored, resulting in a second syllable of "tres" rhyming with dress; or the second "e" can be ignored, resulting in a syllable that sounds like terse. All of these various pronunciations are well-established and occur in the speech of educated, native speakers of English.

The word interesting originally meant "of concern"; it was a synonym of important. It comes from the verb interest, which in its original use meant "to induce or persuade to participate or engage." If you were interested in something, you were not willing to be a bystander; you felt the need to participate or engage.

Examples of interesting in a Sentence

This is one of the most interesting books I've read all year. It will be interesting to see how she decides to spend the money. This building has an interesting history. I don't find politics very interesting. I found it interesting to learn that she had once lived in California. Most of what he said wasn't interesting to me.
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Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday, along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions? Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump, Israel and a global right-wing project," 16 Aug. 2019 The reason the name stays the same is another interesting story for another column. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "It’s time to prep your roses, San Antonio," 16 Aug. 2019 More schedule-palooza: Howard Beck from Bleacher Report had an interesting podcast with the NBA’s schedule-makers that should clear up a lot of misconceptions. Kyle Goon, Orange County Register, "Purple & Bold: DeMarcus Cousins’ injury opens a can of worms for the Lakers," 16 Aug. 2019 This yields often interesting and vigorous discussions, and even heated debates, that reflect the complexity and applicability of her experiences and intellect—and theirs. Aretha Phiri, Quartz Africa, "How Toni Morrison’s legacy plays out in South Africa’s universities," 14 Aug. 2019 Algae is also interesting because several species have their own natural methods of protecting themselves from UV radiation, something that could obviously also benefit humans. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Can Spirulina and Other Algae Skin-Care Products Live Up to the Hype?," 13 Aug. 2019 Now Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee is floating an interesting idea: a mandatory public forum where leaders at every school in the state are required to discuss school performance with parents. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "Someone just polled Providence schools. The questions were fascinating.," 7 Aug. 2019 Introducing Jans to FC Cincinnati's culture in the midst of the derby would be interesting, to say the least. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincy GM on head coaching search: 'Don't go on holiday' in the next 48 hours," 3 Aug. 2019 But what Nixon finds interesting, exciting, and worth repeating, is how Reagan dramatically describes the African delegation that Nixon is so angry at. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How a Historian Uncovered Ronald Reagan’s Racist Remarks to Richard Nixon," 2 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interesting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of interesting

1768, in the meaning defined above

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interesting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of interesting

: attracting your attention and making you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something : not dull or boring

interesting

adjective
in·​ter·​est·​ing | \ ˈin-trə-stiŋ How to pronounce interesting (audio) , ˈin-tə-rə-\

Kids Definition of interesting

: holding the attention : not dull or boring an interesting story

Other Words from interesting

interestingly adverb

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